Report: Burned Florida Boys Owed Drug Money
Update: A source close to the case confirmed to WFTV 9 on April 19 that the two Florida high school students whose bodies were found burning on Cady Way Trail were killed over a $500 drug debt.
Earlier: ABC News is reporting that authorities have identified two bodies found burning along a popular bike trail as two Florida high school students. Originally brought to authorities' attention by a bicyclist who discovered them, they have been identified as 16-year-old Nicholas Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart, who were reportedly best friends. The incident is being called a double homicide.
From ABC News:
Two bicyclists out for an early morning ride in Florida made a gruesome discovery when a fire turned out to be two burning bodies. Police have now disclosed that the victims were two young men.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office received a call at 6:41 a.m. on Sunday about a fire that had been spotted on Cady Way Trail on a grassy hill beside a small wooden bridge. The trail is often used by bicyclists and walkers.
"The caller(s) were using the trail when they came upon the fire and the realization that it could be two bodies within the flames," the sheriff's office said in a news release.
Firefighters and sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and confirmed that two bodies were being burned.
Authorities are classifying the incident as a double homicide. Orange County Sheriff's Capt. Angelo Nieves said the victims were "two young males," but said that no positive identification has been made yet.
Investigators are asking anyone who has heard anything about the crimes or who may have seen something to call Crimeline at 407-423-TIPS.
Read more at ABC News.